Into the Deep End

Gaining Control in an Unexpected New Role

Into the Deep End - Gaining Control in an Unexpected New Role

© iStockphoto
isitsharp

Learn to swim in deep waters.

Imagine that you've just had some surprising news: one of your colleagues, who does a very different job from you, has unexpectedly gone on long-term leave. You'll be taking over her role for the next few months, while she's away.

Immediately, you have more questions than answers. What are her biggest responsibilities, and how can you fit them into your already full schedule?

You know that this is a great opportunity to showcase your talent, but you also feel overwhelmed by how much work there is to do, and by how much you need to learn.

When someone throws you "into the deep end," you have no choice but to sink or swim. In this article, we'll explore a step-by-step approach that you can use to gain control – and succeed – in an unexpected new role.

...

Access the Full Article

This article is only available in full within the Mind Tools Club.

Learn More and Join Today

Already a Club member? Log in to finish this article.